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Ethernet Alliance Announces Interoperability Plugfest for EEE Std. 802.3azTM-2010 Energy Efficient Ethernet

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August 24, 2011

Ethernet Alliance Announces Interoperability Plugfest for EEE Std. 802.3azTM-2010 Energy Efficient Ethernet

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

The Ethernet Alliance (News - Alert), a global consortium of system and component vendors committed to the expansion of Ethernet technology, announced its Energy Efficient Ethernet subcommittee interoperability plugfest for products designed to support IEEE (News - Alert) Std. 802.3azTM-2010 Energy Efficient Ethernet.

As many as six Ethernet Alliance members such as Broadcom, Intel, LSI, Marvell Technology Group, Qualcomm (News - Alert) Atheros and Vitesse Semiconductor participated in the interoperability test to verify interoperability of EEE devices that support the 100BASE-TX and 1000BASE-T EEE capabilities, company officials said.

“The Energy Efficient Ethernet standard, technology, and products reinforce Ethernet as a ubiquitous and green connectivity technology,” said Crystal Black, marketing chair of Ethernet Alliance, in a statement. “Sponsoring the EEE interoperability event allowed the Ethernet Alliance to support the market transition to EEE.”

This is the second such interoperability event hosted by the Ethernet Alliance. The first event was held in April of 2010. Holding this second event shows the increased market adoption of the EEE standard.

“I am pleased to see these member companies taking the lead in network energy-efficiency through their participation in the plugfest,” said Mike Bennett, senior network engineer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and chair of the IEEE 802.3az Task Force, in a statement.

“Demonstrating interoperability paves the way for future innovation using IEEE 802.3az-2010 as it proves the features simply work when a network is built, which is something end users expect from Ethernet technology,” Bennett added.

Recently, members of the Ethernet Alliance demonstrated some of the newest Ethernet technologies available for deployment in data centers, campus backbones and metropolitan networks.

Showcasing a live network, transporting 10G, 40G and 100G traffic, and RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) traffic, the demonstration included 200G of traffic flowing through each router and 420G of traffic flowing through the demonstration switch.

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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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